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Recipe English/Malayalam Terms

The following may be useful in translating some of the terms used in the recipes. (note: Malayalam sound designated by letters 'zh' is a soft English 'r'.)

Indian/English Name

Malayalam name

tuar dal thuaran parippu 
urad dal uzhunnu parippu 
masoor dal  parippu 
chana dal (bengal gram) kadala parippu 
moong dal  parippu 
hing (asafoetida) kayam 
tamarind puli 
coriander  malli 
cayenne pepper mulaku podi 
methi (fenugreek) uluva 
cilantro leaves  malli ila 
cumin (jeera)  jeerkam 
mustard  kaduku 
okra vendakka 
pumpkin  mathanga 
cucumber  kumbalanga 
saunf  perumjeerakam 


  • Some of these recipes may be too hot or spicy for you. Reduce the chili powder/green chilies to suit your taste. 
  • To make methi, coriander or jeera powder, dry roast the spices (without oil) in a saucepan for a few minutes and then grind to a powder. 
  • To chop onions or other vegetables, the Sunbeam Oscar mini food processor does a great job! 
  • If using dried curry leaves, soak them in water for a few minutes before use. 
  • Most of these curries freeze well. Freeze in small plastic containers with tight lids (1 to 2 servings) and heat in a MW covered for 4-5 minutes. Add some more spices and salt and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.